I must be the only one who sees the positive side of that statement. People with money can get things done. Thus, if we wish to do more than spread ideas -- if we wish to actually terraform the planet -- then we get people with money to do it. Am I crazy? Because it seems pretty obvious to me.
And of course, any aspiring designers who hope to make it their bread & butter would do well to refrain from criticizing people of means.
I'm surprised your search for a qualified designer has proved fruitless. I would have thought you were in a ripe area. Strangely enough, there has been a conversation on another permaculture forum wherein is bemoaned the lack of work for consultants. In your area!
That doesn't seem to me the problem. I could stay busy with tons of work, if I wanted to work for nothing. (Not unique to PC design... it goes for any trade.) The nice catch is the client with the means to implement my wild ideas.
On a somewhat related note, I was talking to a friend the other day who manages a factory for a large company. He's spent weeks trying to hire an engineer who understands basic ladder logic. All the candidates look good on paper -- the right degrees, some experience, etc -- but put them to the test, and find they have no grasp of the necessary skills. What's going on? There are credentialed people everywhere, but skilled people seem to be in short supply. Again, not unique to PC.
As someone suggested, you might have to put your own pieces together. Talk to local organic growers, nurserymen, government scientists, etc.
You probably don't want to pay Darren Doherty's fee... but take a look at his site & portfolio. Might help.
I don't think you're crazy, and I can definitely see the positive side of the statement from the standpoint of a PC designer trying to make a living. I didn't at all criticize people of means either if you care to re-read what I said, though I'm not sure you were meaning to imply that I did.
If you know of a qualified designer in my area starving for work then by all means please refer them to me (or refer me to the forum where I can find them). And it does (lack of qualified designers) seem to me to be a large part of the problem, at least in my experience, though you seem to have had different ones. Agree to disagree I suppose.
Again, not asking for something for nothing, and I didn't mean to hit on a sore spot, seeing (or assuming rather) now you're a designer by trade. Just not impressed with what I've found on offer so far. Warren Brush's service (True Nature Design) sounds promising if I'm just judging by name recognition (though so far as I can see a comprehensive portfolio is absent from his site), but again, he's hosting the IP conference in Jordan currently and has been out of the e-mail loop for a handful of weeks now. I'd also have to wonder how much I'd be paying solely for the aforementioned name recognition factor.. but then, maybe it's been fairly earned.
I've not only talked with but worked for organic growers in our area (as well as conventional ones), as well as discussed horticulture with local plant experts, nurserymen, and old-timer farm boys. I think maybe you're right (Paul C. had mentioned it previously as well) in that I've got this Superman (or woman) fantasy in my head where I'm gonna hire on someone who is omniscient to assuage all my fears about implementing this design, when in reality that person probably doesn't exist outside of the celebrity instructors' circle (e.g. Lawton, Lancaster, Brush, et. al). Your link to the Ozzy guy with the impressive portfolio only further solidifies my point, I think. If there's this huge glut of qualified designers in my region starving for work, why link me someone's portfolio who's based out of Australia?
P.S. I didn't mean to fire you up with the, "Well, finally went and took TheDirtSurgeon's favorite advice.." bit. I think you're a sharp guy (or gal or whatever you prefer) and I enjoy your posts. I've just seen you offer that advice on multiple occasions. Maybe advocating a little for yourself while also trying to advance the profession as a whole? :wink wink nudge nudge: